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Sabres Could Use Adam, Rivet Deserves Credit

Some Sabres hockey thoughts from here in frigid Buffalo, where we’re all trying to make it through a sunny and 76-degree day…

•  Well, that’s about as good a European trip as you could have.  I’m guessing a big question that Sabres fans had in the back of their minds going into the season was whether or not this team could outlast Boston to take the Northeast division.  After scoring 8 goals in two games against a dangerous Anaheim team and a Stanley Cup contending Los Angeles club, I have a pretty good idea at this point of what their answer is.

•  A major factor in Buffalo’s success these first two games has been young center Luke Adam (2 goals, 2 assists in 2 games).  If he really is able to stick with the big boys, then the complexion of the forward lines is so much better because it makes the Sabres a true three-scoring-line team.  If Adam eventually slips and comes out of the lineup, then the promotion of Paul Gaustad to third line center will pretty much end that party.

•  I have to admit to getting a little agitated over criticism from a few folks getting on Craig Rivet for “lowering himself” to signing up for an ECHL gig playing in Elmira.  It’s fine to say he no longer belonged in the NHL, because the fact is the game had gotten too fast for him.  But to play know-it-all and ridicule him for earning some money doing what he truly loves is a bit much.  When he was the captain in Buffalo, Rivet threw himself in front of more than a few fists to defend his teammates, including some who were rising above him on the Sabres depth chart.  The man just wants to play hockey.  I say more power to him.

•  Last season, Ryan Miller gave up 10 goals in 3 games against Pittsburgh.  Jhonas Enroth faced the Penguins once and was on the wrong end of a 1-0 shutout.  I vote for starting Miller Friday at home against Carolina and putting the Swede in net at Consol Energy Center for his first start of the season on Saturday.

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I appreciate this article on Rivet and Adam, particularly in regards to Rivet, As you stated, that man wants to play hockey and has been selfless in his support of the Sabres franchise. He didn’t turn out as we hoped OR as he hoped. His contribution to the young players was great and I am willing to bet that it is his hope to help up-and-coming players in the Elmira system. I’m glad you are in the area Craig.

Posted by john beckler from batavia ny on 10/11/11 at 06:18 PM ET

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I agree on the Miller point. It wasn’t just last year either. For whatever reason the Pens just have his number. Start Jhonas.

Posted by Frank from Buffalo, NY on 10/11/11 at 06:29 PM ET

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While other players were being ridden for questionable effort, Rivet’s crime was that he just wasn’t fast enough any more.  It never took away from his character.

You’d think Enroth would be a good fit for Sat., but of course things could change if Miller stands on his head Friday.

Thanks guys.

Posted by @DaveDavisHockey from Buffalo, NY on 10/11/11 at 10:46 PM ET

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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003.  He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene.  Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.

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